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Weekly Wrap, October 19th, 2015; MCP, Amethis, Sun Capital and others make private capital news last week

Last week in brief…October 19th, 2015

Mediterrania Capital Partners continues to deploy capital from its second North Africa-focused fund which closed with €120 million in August this year. Last week saw the announcement that it has taken a 23% stake in Société Meunière Tunisienne, the manufacturers and distributors of Randa, one of Tunisia’s leading pasta brands. The capital infusion will be used to extend the company’s product range to meet customer demand as well as set up frameworks for international expansion.

In other private equity investment news, Sun European Partners‘ deal to acquire Finlays Horticulture from James Finlay Ltd. gives Sun some African assets. With operations in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, the company is the largest producer and exporter of fresh produce and flowers from Africa to Europe. Meanwhile, Paris-headquartered Amethis Finance announced the close of its third debt investment last week in which it had made a commitment of $15 million to a $75 million syndicated subordinated term loan for Ecobank Nigeria. The lead arranger for the deal was Dutch DFI, FMO with additional commitments from DEG and Swedfund.

Bloomberg had a couple of interesting reports this week. In the first, Investec‘s private equity business is planning to exit two of the seven investments it holds through its $155 million Africa Private Equity Fund. Neither details of the assets in question nor the timeline for the disposals were disclosed. And in the second, Old Mutual‘s private equity group is making investments in two consumer-facing businesses this month. The first, a $23 million deal in an as yet unnamed company, was agreed last week. The second deal is expected to be similar in size. We’ll look out for more details in the coming weeks.

The Nigerian investment opportunity continues to attract interest. Silicon Valley-based venture capital investor 500 Startups is looking to add two Nigerian tech companies to its portfolio of Africa investments over the next 12 months. Any such investments would be the firm’s first in the continent’s largest economy. The venture investor already has 10 investments in Africa in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

And finally for this week’s summary, there were a number of high profile appointments in the news. The most significant was the nomination of Okey EnelamahAfrican Capital Alliance‘s founder and CEO, to a post in President Buhari’s cabinet. His nomination will have to be approved by Nigeria’s Upper House. Meanwhile, in the latest “Africa move” by TPG, Yemi Lalude, the founder of Adlevo Capital has joined the global private investment firm as Managing Partner for Africa. He’ll be responsible for leading the firm’s investments in Africa in coordination with Satya Capital, a partnership you may remember being announced in June this year.

As always, you can review these and other stories by clicking through to this week’s complete issue of Africa Capital Digest.

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